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In this short documentary, Wamunzo: en paroles, filmmakers Philip Szporer and Marlene Millar delve into the resonant universe of Montréal-based dancer-artist and choreographer Zab Maboungou, of Franco-Congolese origin. For over thirty years, the artist has galvanized Canada’s contemporary dance scene with her radically regrounded conception of time, the body, and the self. In constant choreographic dialogue with the rhythms of the drummers, Maboungou masterfully transforms sites of identity and being, observing and altering the timeless moments that define our place in the world. Her latest creation, Wamunzo, anchors her philosophy in the mysterious and cyclical nature of being.

  • Marlene Millar
    Director
  • Philip Szporer
    Director
  • Marlene Millar
    Writer
  • Philip Szporer
    Writer
  • Marlene Millar
    Producer
  • Philip Szporer
    Producer
  • Zab Maboungou
    Key Cast
  • Michael Wees
    Director of Photography
  • Mark Durand
    Editing
  • Devon Bate
    Sound Design
  • Michael Wees
    Camera
  • Mark Durand
    Camera
  • Saria Chatila
    Additional Camera
  • Mark Durand
    External photography
  • Lionel Kizaba
    Music
  • Elli Miller Maboungou
    Music
  • Bruno Martinez
    Music
  • Devon Bate
    Sound capture
  • Pierre Lavoie
    Performance Lighting
  • Matthieu Bourque
    Sound mixing
  • Kolia Camron
    Colour correction
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Wamunzo en paroles
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    danse, art, documentary, dance
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 25 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 16, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada
  • Language:
    English, French
  • Shooting Format:
    4K
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • La Fabrique Culturelle
    Montreal
    Canada
    May 27, 2019
    World Premiere
  • Festival Quartier Danse
    Montreal
    Canada
    September 9, 2019
  • Festival du Cinema de la Ville de Quebec
    Québec
    Canada
    September 17, 2019
Director Biography - Marlene Millar, Philip Szporer

Mouvement Perpétuel is an award-winning Montreal-based independent film, video, and new media production company specializing in arts programming. Co-directors Marlene Millar and Philip Szporer create impressionistic dance-media films, arts documentaries and multi-channel video installations, feature expansive choreographies and portraits of some of Canada/Quebec’s leading contemporary dancers and choreographers and from across cultures within the Americas, Europe and Asia. Viewers are invited into a deeply intimate tracing of the curvatures of rich human experience.

Marlene Millar and Philip Szporer met in 1986 dancing in the work of New York choreographer Charles Dennis. Subsequently a friendship developed and their professional talents merged once more ten years later when they embarked on the first sketch of what was later to become the video series Moments in Motion/Au fil du mouvement. They shared a Fellowship for the Dance/Media Project at the University of California, Los Angeles, developing new ideas, and producing work in the United States. Their return to Canada saw the creation of Mouvement Perpétuel in 2001.

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